1849 Tasting Notes

Toys R Us two Saturdays before Christmas…what were we thinking? Ever notice that there are far fewer dancing, grinning shoppers in the real stores than there are on the commercials?

Between battling crowds and bitter cold, I am glad to be back home in my hobbit hole cuddling this lovely cozy cup after a quick lunch-and-errand run. It’s perfectly sweet coconut-candy-pina-colad-y, sunny and cheerful on a raw, cloudy afternoon. For just a moment, it might make you forget the gloom.

JustJames

i have a few tattoos. you are making me think of the one on the back of my leg that has a spiky ball with a quote that has a personal motto ‘you can’t make me’. lol. nope, you can’t make me go to toy-r-us……

gmathis

It was for a good cause, but mercy! Sensory overload on so many levels!

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drank Notting Hill by American Tea Room
1849 tasting notes

Good morning. I have the gift of a few un-bespoke hours this morning to work on a writing project. Notting Hill, with its leather-bound personality, seemed appropriate for literary pursuits. Lapsang souchong lite, kind of.

NofarS

sounds like a good morning brew, for a great morning activity. Happy writing!

Terri HarpLady

Light smoke for a winters day, sounds like a I winner to me. You getting much snow over there?

gmathis

No, praise the Lord! Just rain so far; have been concerned about 83-year-old Dad trying to walk & drive in “yuck,” which has mercifully avoided us.

Terri HarpLady

We got a dusting last night, & rumor has it there is more headed our way

K S

The snow went north of us this time. It was raining here. Hopefully the roads, parking lots, and sidewalks do not ice over tonight. Terri, hope rumors are wrong or you just keep it all to yourself.

Terri HarpLady

Looks like we got an inch or so…no biggy

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Last cup for now…the last 1/4 teaspoon of leaves go in the Junkyard Tea Jar. I’ll just sing the same song, another verse (to the tune of Jingle Bells):

Tasty tea, try and see
Decaf with some spunk;
Good for evenings, better than
Most cheapie decaf junk!

MissB

Junkyard Tea Jar? I love this idea!

gmathis

Scraps of unflavored black teas—use to make iced tea in the summer or when you don’t care and just need some hot leaf juice. Flavor and composition changes regularly :)

Tiegster

Now that’s a great idea! Gonna steal it if you don’t mind.

gmathis

Wish I could say I thought of it myself—simplyjenw inspired me with her Franken-Breakfast Blend (same idea, but more scientifically and proportionately prepared); and I think I’ve seen notes from other Steepsters who do something similar.

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Word to the wise: there will be times when life is messy and the weather stinks and you are weary…too weary to make educated tea decisions. When those occasions arise, it is prudent to keep good, easy-to-steep bagged tea on hand. No thinkie, just dunkie and go. And if it’s as good and fruit-nutty as this one, you’ll never know you didn’t fuss with loose leaf.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1849 tasting notes

With a lemon creme Smallcakes cupcake, a snoozing kitty, and my best hubby (uh, the only hubby). Sometimes you just need a little pampering.

JustJames

the only hubby can also be the best hubby….(we like that)

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Very nice change of pace—wouldn’t fool a die-hard coffee-holic, but it’s still plausible. Enjoying it with milk and a teeny bit of maple syrup.

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Due to snow shoveling, paperwork shoveling, and elder care anxiety, I hit an exhaustion wall very early last night. Tried an orphan sample of this; I don’t generally like valerian, but the lemon masked it pretty well. As to its medicinal value, I was in bed by 8:00 p.m.—due largely in part to the fatigue, but this no doubt contributed.

MissB

I hope the tea helped you rest well to face the day with renewed energy. Also not a fan of valerian, although.. if it works? Fantastic.

gmathis

I’ve not used valerian often enough to confirm that it really has an effect on me. (I’ve commented elsewhere that valerian tastes like you’re licking a dead tree branch.) Tulsi is my usual calmer-downer of choice.

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Another one with my tasting notes now hitting double digits…statistically speaking, I wonder if I looked back at my history, wrote down the teas with XX or more tasting notes (number TBD), if it would result in The Ultimate Pantry Tea Hall of Fame list. Someday.

Just not today. Nursing a classic case of Charlie Brown seasonal THAT’S IT!!!

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Wow, is this different, and if the tasting notes I’m reading are a hint, it will take several steeps to discover how different it is.

My first scent impression was grapes and chocolate. Gave it a 4 minute steep and it continues to remind me of white wine and chocolate. And a “something else” I haven’t pinpointed just yet.

Thanks to terriharplady for the sample packet and something new to think about!

Sil

I’m so sad this one is all gone….

Terri HarpLady

I’m still hoarding my last few packets…sigh…

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Day was a little gray and grim; this provided a little internal perk-up after a long, cold run to nursing home to check on my poor little mom.
The peppermint in this one is at whisper-level; just enough to add a little bit of zing. Inexpensive and recommended if you like lemon teas that aren’t caustically tart.

Last visit, my mom’s meal-table buddy from a couple of rooms down noticed the crossword puzzle book I had brought to fidget with—I have the bedside patience of a 3-year-old. I took her two today that were just getting rumpled in the magazine rack and asked her to do me the honor of finishing them for me. Was a smiley moment to walk past her room and see her hard at them. Just a thought…do a kindness for an elder that isn’t your own. It’ll make your day.

Sil

awesome!

tigress_al

That was so nice of you! I bet it made their day as well

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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